Sunday, February 25, 2018

Good Times, Good Food, and Good Friends [Easy Entertaining with Wegmans]

I’ve partnered with Wegmans to bring you this blog post. As always, thank you for supporting CNC! 

You guys know how much I love grocery shopping, so, of course, I’m psyched that Wegmans has started to make its way to Massachusetts. When the first locations opened, I went on a bunch of fun adventures with friends to visit. Fast-forward to a child and three businesses, my time is much more limited, so I haven’t visited in awhile. However, not too long ago, a closer location opened, so I’ve popped in time-to-time to do our family’s grocery shopping. The store is amazing, massive, and always a good time. I mean, you can seriously get EVERYTHING there! I love that Wegmans is one-stop shopping!

Wegmans recently reached out to me about a blog post featuring their new oven-safe packaged entrées and, of course, I was alllllll about it. I love a good grocery shopping adventure and our family almost always does our grocery shopping on Saturdays after CrossFit, so I figured it would make a fun outing for all of us.

After our usual Saturday CrossFit class, we headed straight to Wegmans to do our grocery shopping for the week – and, my gosh, we had a great time!

I geeked out over all of the affordable organic produce and prepared foods while Quinn loved the live lobsters…

And fresh flowers for mama! When Quinn saw them, he said, “Whoa, those are bright!” Haha!

We truly had a blast and decided we really need to hit up Wegmans on the regular to do our shopping.

Our Wegmans had so many awesome options for quick and healthy dinners, so it was easy for us to build our meal plan for the week as well as pick up a number of items for the dinner with friends we had planned at our house later in the evening.

Goodies for dinner!

When our friends arrived, we broke out a bunch of appetizers and some adult beverages. We hung out, chatted, and let the kiddos play together. It was such a nice way to spend a Saturday evening. Low-key + friends = THE BEST!

A little while later, I started on dinner, which was courtesy of Wegmans. On the menu: Salt and Pepper Chicken Thighs with Light Caesar Salad and Seasoned Green Beans and a beer pairing of Ommegang Hennepin Saison Ale. Holy yum, right? I love that Wegmans offers such convenient and flavorful meal options to put dinner on the table quickly. Their oven-safe packaged entrées come in a variety of recipes, including Chicken Cacciatore, Memphis Split Chicken, Pork with Salsa Verde, Asian BBQ Beef Short Ribs, and more. And the preparation couldn’t be easier – just remove the labels, preheat oven to recommended temperature (or in the crockpot for some recipes), place package onto a baking sheet on your oven’s center rack, and set a timer for the recommended cook time. When it’s done, just peel back the film and serve. Easy-peasy!

All of Wegmans oven-safe packaging entrées are chef-developed and carry Wegmans’ Food You Feel Good About banner on the label, meaning they contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. They even stay fresh up to two weeks in the refrigerator, which allows for menu-planning flexibility. Love that! Or they can go right into the freezer for future use. Personally, I would love to have some of these on-hand when I don’t feel like food prepping! 😉

The packaging is designed to cook food safely in the oven. It’s made from Mylar, a food-safe material that won’t burn or melt in temperatures below 425 degrees F. I know it sounds a little crazy, but it’s totally safe. The materials has been around for many years and was tested by Rochester Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech and proven food-safe – and it’s made without any added BPA. I immediately thought how great this packaging option is for people who don’t like to touch raw meat. I actually have quite a few nutrition clients, who don’t often eat meat for just this reason, so I’m excited to tell them about it!

Tiny food blogger in training! She’s the cutest, right? Look at that smile! 🙂

While the chicken thighs were cooking, I assembled the salad.

And popped the green beans in the microwave. Super simple!

Another behind the scenes photo – please note Jeff in the microwave reflection. Haha!

Start to finish, dinner was done in 20 minutes – and I got to hang out and chat with our friends while doing it all.

I really loved how simple Wegmans made this meal, especially since all of the seasoning prep and clean up were done for me. I didn’t destroy my kitchen with pots and pans, bowls and random utensils… everything was ready to go, so I could focus on enjoying the evening with family and friends.

The Salt and Pepper Chicken Thighs turned out so well and everyone raved about them!

The Ommegang Hennepin Saison Ale pairing was fun and definitely enhanced the flavors of the meal. It was such a great idea for a night with friends.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening with good times, good food (and drink), and good friends! Thank you, Wegmans, for partnering with me on this post. We love you! 🙂

Question of the Day

Do you live near a Wegmans? If so, why do you love it so much? Have you tried their oven-safe package entrees yet? 

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Weekend Link Love — Edition 492

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Too much fructose in too short a time (glass of juice, can of soda) overwhelms the gut’s ability to handle it, especially on an empty stomach. Eating it after meals helps.

Science journals with the most prestige are often the least reliable.

Once again, very low carb diets are great for Type 2 diabetes (PDF).

A Primal keto diet is just fine for magnesium levels.

Run to beat stress.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 221: Ken Berry, MD: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Ken Berry, a doc using ketogenic diets to treat chronic disease.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Man, desperate to fix his chronic pain, tries jumping into 52° F water for a quick swim. It works.

Why are our teeth so often crooked?

Media, Schmedia

Neanderthals were doing cave art at least 60,000 years ago, just like us.

Maybe don’t go barefoot in San Francisco.

Everything Else

Pandas are beautiful creatures, but man have they been dealt a terrible hand. Despite eating their 99% bamboo diet for thousands of generations, their guts still aren’t designed for fiber fermentation.

Even the wild animals are less free to roam.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I’ve always wanted to work a The Graduate reference into the blog: “‘I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics if you want to increase the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension in middle aged and older men.”

I wish they’d figure this out: Cell phone use may still be a problem. Despite recent studies, it’s unclear whether it is or isn’t.

I disagree: “Yoga pants are bad for women.”

I’m laughing because it’s true: “Smells a Bit Like Eggs.”

I’d rave to this: David Attenborough’s voice.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 25– March 3)

Comment of the Week

Also, how much sulfuraphane did Dana Carvey create on SNL by singing about chopping broccoli?

– Fantastic reference, Caleb Moline. Here’s the vid.


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#FITMOM: Ashely Wiseman of Ashley Wiseman Fitness

Welcome to the #FITMOM series on Carrots ‘N’ Cake! I wanted to share some Q&As with several of my favorite fitness bloggers, who also happen to be moms. Read on to see how they make fitness a regular part of their lives! 
Name: Ashley Wiseman
Children: Hunter – age 4; Reese – age 2
I took about 6 weeks after my son and 4 weeks after my daughter. I wasn’t as active throughout my pregnancy with my son, so I think the longer rest and maternity leave was best at the time. I was quite active with my daughter until the very end of my pregnancy, so my body was feeling good and I was ready to jump into teaching my group fitness classes again after about 4 weeks. (Note: I was sure to get clearance to exercise from my doctor.) I think every pregnancy is so different. It’s important to listen to your body and of course seek your doctor’s approval.
My workout schedule stayed pretty consistent, but I dropped teaching a few of my classes at the gym. It was more important than ever for me to put my family’s needs first. This meant that I still made it a priority to remain active and get in my workouts, but I didn’t spend as much time at the gym as I did before kids. My workouts are all about being short and effective since kids!
Firstly, find something you LOVE! You won’t want to do it if you don’t enjoy it. Also, make it a priority to find something that can accommodate your kids. If you’re looking for a gym or fitness classes, be sure they have good childcare that you feel comfortable with and that your kids enjoy going to as well. If that’s not an option, get a few sets of dumbbells and do your workouts at home. Never underestimate the power of a quick and effective at-home workout! Also, planning your workouts for the week does wonders for accountability! There’s often times I’d much rather put off my workout to do something else, but if it’s in my calendar, I’m more likely to get it done.
My #1 piece of advice is to start small. You don’t have to jump back into super intense or long workouts right away. Just 10-20 minutes per day can make a huge difference in your physical and mental health post baby. And remember, this is a season! Enjoy the baby snuggles and fit in what you can, when you can. It won’t last forever. Soon enough, your kids will be in school and all grown up, and you’ll be missing the baby snuggles!

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Clean Eating Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Homemade, Clean Eating Teriyaki Sauce is da bomb!!

This was seriously so good! I ended up marinating chicken in it for a few hours and then made a vegetable stir fry with it. Delish!!!

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